Title: Single All the Way
Author: Karen King
Publication Date: October 28, 2019
Page Count: 274
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Snow is falling, bells are ringing… and my heart is broken. I pick up the phone to tell my mother about Oliver and me. But before I can, she says, ‘I don’t exactly know how to tell you this… But I’m leaving your dad.’
Single together for the first time, 34-year-old Meg and her warm-hearted, long-suffering mother Sally are cancelling Christmas, and running away to a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast. For Meg, it is the perfect place to heal, away from all the mistletoe, while for her mother it has a special, and secret, place in her heart – from a love story that seems a lifetime ago…
Meg and Sally find they’re getting to know themselves, and each other, better than ever before. But as they are unable to resist getting involved in the village Christmas celebrations, they encounter two handsome local strangers.
Sometimes, it’s being away from home that helps you realise where your heart is. What neither woman knows is that, by the time the new year rolls around, one woman will have fallen in love with her husband all over again, and one marriage will be over for good…
An escapist, romantic and heart-warming novel for fans of One Day in December and No One Cancels Christmas.
While Single All the Way by Karen King is technically best classified as a contemporary romance that takes place at Christmastime the cover makes it seem a bit more whimsical than it is. This one is not the light and fluffy feel-good you may normally find during the holiday season but instead a book that takes a deep look into two separate relationships and whether those are worth fighting to keep.
Meg, who is in her mid thirties, has been married to her husband, Oliver, for five years after having dated him for a few more years before then. The couple are very much in love spending all their time together even starting their own business. However, Meg felt it was time to sit down and have a talk with Oliver and when doing so she finds he never told her a huge secret about himself which causes Meg to pack up and leave.
With Christmas so close Meg was unsure of where she could spend some time to get away and think about her marriage until she calls her mother, Sally, and finds Sally has made reservations and plans to leave her husband too. The two women head to a cottage on the Cornish coast where they can lean on one another and examine their relationships.
So beginning Single All the Way I thought wow, this is rather depressing for a holiday romance but as I quickly became engrossed in these ladies lives I found it was rather thought provoking. The point of view mainly changes between Meg and Sally but you will get glimpses of others too. And along the way there are plenty of ups and downs with emotions too so it didn’t turn into a complete downer but instead sprinkled the sadder moments with some laughter and joy to have an overall feel good story by the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of romance novels, YA and children’s books. She has had eight romantic novels, two YA books and 120 children’s books published. She has also written several short stories for women’s magazines.
Currently published by Bookouture, Karen’s latest title, Single All The Way, will be published on 28 October.